March 26, 2013
A Brazilian defense contractor has cut the ribbon on its new facility at Jacksonville International Airport.
The new Super Tucano facility will support 1,400 jobs across the U.S., including 50 local high-paying positions.
The planes will be used to provide light air support, reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military.
It’s projected to be a vital element of the U.S.'s Afghan withdrawal strategy.
Twenty of the planes will be built at Embraer Defense and Security.
Gov. Rick Scott was among the attendees Tuesday morning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.